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Dr. Bryant G. Nielson

Professor of Practice in Civil Engineering

Areas of Interest:
Structural Reliability
Highway Bridge Behavior
Earthquake Engineering
Nonlinear Analysis

Education:
B.S., Civil Engineering, 1998, Utah State University
M.S., Civil Engineering, 2000, Utah State University
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2005, Georgia Institute of Technology

Classes typically taught:
CE 2060 Structural Mechanics
CE 3010 Structural Analysis
CE 4010/6010 Matrix Structural Analysis
CE 4080/6080 Structural Loads and Systems
CE 8050 Advanced Mechanics
CE 8060 Structural Dynamics

Professional Registration:
Professional Engineer in Utah

Professional Society Membership:
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Institute of Steel Construction
Structural Engineers Association of South Carolina

Textbook: 
Nielson, B. G. & McCormac, J. C. (In preparation) "Structural Analysis: Understanding Behavior," John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,  Hoboken, NJ (published in Fall of 2016) – pre-print already in use

Sample Publications:
Shivarudrappa, R. & Nielson, B. G. (2013) “Sensitivity of Load Distribution in Light-Framed Wood Roof Systems Due to Typical Modeling Parameters.”  ASCE Journal of Constructed Facilities, 27(3), 222-234.

Edmonson, C., Schiff, S. D. & Nielson, B. G. (2012) “Behavior of Light-Framed Wood Roof-to-Wall Connectors Using Aged Lumber and Multiple Connection Mechanisms.” ASCE Journal of Constructed Facilities, 26, 26-37.

Mackie, K. R., Cronin, K. J. & Nielson, B. G. (2011) “Response Sensitivity of Highway Bridges to Randomly Oriented Multi-Component Earthquake Excitation.”  Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 15(6), 850-876.

Shanmugam, B., Nielson, B. G. & Schiff, S. D. (2011) “Multi-Axial Assessment of Typical Light-Frame Roof-to-Wall Metal Connectors.”   Engineering Structures, 33, 3125-3135.

Shanmugam, B., Nielson, B. G. & Prevatt, D.O. (2009) “Statistical and Analytical Models for Roof Components in Existing Light-Framed Wood Structures.”   Engineering Structures, 31(11), 2607-2616.

Padgett, J. E., Nielson, B. G. & DesRoches, R. (2008) “Selection of Optimal Intensity Measure for Use in Probabilistic Seismic Demand Models of Highway Bridge Portfolios” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 37(4), 711-725.

Padgett, J. E., DesRoches, R., Nielson, B. G. Yashinsky, M., Kwon, O.-S., Burdette, N., Tavera, E. (2008) "Bridge Damage and Repair Costs Caused by Hurricane Katrina" Journal of Bridge Engineering, 13(1), 6-14.

Nielson, B. G. & DesRoches, R. (2007) “Seismic Performance Assessment of Simply Supported and Continuous Multi-Span Concrete Girder Highway Bridges.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 12(5), 611-620.

 Nielson, B. G. & DesRoches, R. (2007) "Analytical Seismic Fragility Curves for Typical Bridges in the Central and Southeastern United States." Earthquake Spectra, EERI 23(3), 615-633.

Nielson, B. G. & DesRoches, R. (2006) “Seismic Fragility Methodology for Highway Bridges Using a Component Level Approach.” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 36(5), 823-839.

 

Dennis J. Nielsen
Contact Information:
Office: 308 Lowry Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3312
FAX: (864) 656-2670
email Dr. Nielson